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Old 06-29-2020, 06:07 PM   #1
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Question Terms and Definitions - or tagging RV places

Are these two interchangeable?
  • campground
  • RV park

Are there terms for these characteristics of the places?
  • tents are allowed
  • tents are not allowed
  • RVs have to be 10 years young or newer (with exceptions for pristine vintage models)

The reason I ask is that, in our area, we are finding a lot of "RV Parks" that are learning more in the direction of a Beavis and Butthead "Trailer Park" with a lot of full-time residents. Since one of our desires is to meet people and make friends, that's not what we hoped to find.

We were even turned down from one RV Park because they don't want short-term residents. They all live there full-time.

Is it too much to hope for that there is a term for the kinds of places people take their RVs and/or tents? If there are terms for these things, are they tagged in RV Trip Wizard to make it easy to find the kinds of places that are a good fit for our needs?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:42 PM   #2
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Generally RV park will have more amenities. However grandiose advertising leads many seedy campgrounds to call themselves RV parks. Get as many reviews as you can before choosing one.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:48 PM   #3
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Use a few review sites to get an idea of what kind of park it is. We like http://www.campgroundreviews.com/

You'll find friendly folks at public parks and most have a 2-week limit. Those are the kinds of places we enjoyed..... state parks, national parks, Corp of Engineer parks, national forest campgrounds (some even have full hookups), county and city parks. None have 'that' 10-year limit.
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Campground & RV Park mean the same to me. RV Resort seems like it should be up-scale but that isn't always the case.

As twogypsies stated http://www.campgroundreviews.com/ is your best bet.
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RV park, Campground or Resort or any combination of the three is whatever the campground chooses to call itself. Most private RV parks will have long term residents these days to keep the cash flow going. We stayed at a small RV park recently that only had 3 or 4 transient sites. Our neighbor there had been there 6 months and was very friendly and interesting telling us about her job at the Air Force Base nearby. We’ve met some great folks almost everywhere we’ve been. Twogypsies is correct - read the reviews and look at pictures to see if you think any place is for you.
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Generally speaking, a gampground should allow tents, popups and RV's. However with Covid, many are allowing only self contained RVs and closing restrooms, pools and other amenities do to state or local restrictions. There are tent only campgrounds and they are usually in state or national parks. I have not heard the term RV Park very often, its usually campground or resort. No set guidelines for either.
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Thanks all for the feedback.

I wish the industry would gather up, define a few things, and standardize some terms. It would make finding the right fit a lot easier for everyone...which would probably translate into higher reviews/ratings for every place since people would be staying at the kind of place they wanted.

We do read the reviews and do our own research. It's just a lot more work than it has to be. Tags in listings and reviews--tents allowed, cabins on site, young RVs only, good for kids, good for adults, swimming pool, lake/beach swimming, games, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, etc.--would go a long way toward making my desire a reality. Then, I could search for places in the area I want with the tags I'm looking for. And, when I browse, I could see "oh, there's a deal breaker for this trip."

This is all especially important because regions and states vary so much. I can't bank on state parks being as nice as they are around here. I've seen enough YouTube videos to know that their features and amenities vary wildly, depending on the area.
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RV Park or campgrounds are really the same. Call them what you want.

Yes, there are getting to be more and more permanents in the parks and how they look depends on the parks management. The places with rules and good managers, keep the places looking good. If you don;t like the looks of a place it is easy enough to move on.

We are seeing some places calling themselves "Resorts". My idea of a resort and theirs are totally different.

We depend heavily on a couple of the RV campground review sites and have reasonably good luck. You will usually find a bad review on any park. See what the grip was about. We found one that they people gave them 1 star, because they arrived after the office closed and there was no one to escort them to a site.

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I think the more you expect from a park the better chance you'll be disappointed.

We're easy to please and like a basic campground - public parks. We don't care for clubhouses, parties, pools, etc.

We've never been disappointed in places we've chosen.
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As I see it the problem is that these places exist along a spectrum, even publicly operated places can be either one. Let take Grand Canyon National park as an example, there are 2 RV facilities in the main Grand Canyon Village area there:


Mather Campground which has about 300 dry camping sites, with rest rooms, as well as showers and laundry main building, and I think some communal water faucets around the camping loops. They allow tent camping up through RV's up to 31 ft long.


Next door (1/4 mile away by road) is Trailer Village, which is a full hookup RV park that can accept RV's up to 50 ft long, and described on the official NPS web site as an RV Park.



On the other side of things you can find commercial operations describe themselves as anything from RV Park, to RV Resort, to Campground with no clear cut distinction. Though RV park is often used to describe places commonly used either by long term residents, or for overnight roadside stops. Where I live in western Louisiana there are many "RV parks" who cater to contract workers who may stay in one place for months or even years. Many if not most of these places will also accept overnight and short term guests, some are little more than gravel parking lots with hookups, others may have some amenities.


In my travels I have spent a few nights at places dominated by such long term residents, others may have few if any long term residents.



I have also noticed commercial places that call themselves campgrounds, will tend to be in tourist areas, even if they provide no other amenities. ie gravel parking lot with hookups and a laundry room on the side of I80 in the middle of Nebraska with a number of long term residents is an RV park. A gravel parking lot with full hookups, a laundry room and some long term residents with a river flowing by next to a National monument is a Campground.
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